“Senator G” was appointed to the Senate by hir state’s governor because the previous Senator was invited to join the Obama cabinet. Ze is white, 42 years old, is the parent of two children, was twice elected to congress, and has a public record of hir votes on the issues of the day. What kind of coverage does Senator G get in the mainstream press? Ze is called “Tracy Flick,” “unpopular among peers,” and anonymous sources are sniping at hir, saying that ze is known for “aggressiveness and self-confidence,” which alienates peers and senior colleagues who believe ze is “trying to leap-frog up the seniority ladder.”
“Senator B” was appointed to the Senate by hir state’s governor because the previous Senator was invited to join the Obama cabinet. Ze is white, 44 years old, the parent of three children, has never held elective office but has held several jobs won through family and old school connections, and is a complete cipher as to hir positions on the issues of the day. What kind of coverage does Senator B get in the mainstream press? When ze held an “open house” to “get to know” people–because ze has never, ever campaigned or won a single vote in hir lifetime–a local paper reported that “the senator was mobbed by well-wishers delivering congratulations as well as citizens with concerns they wanted [B] to hear. A table of brownies and cookies disappeared during the first hour of the three hour event.“
Brownies and cookies! Did you hear that, Senator G? Why didn’t you think of that? Oh, right–you’re too ambitious and too focused on leap-frogging up the seniority ladder, aren’t you? Christ on a cracker, people: now will you believe me about Sarah Palin? Because Senator G went to Dartmouth, has a law degree from UCLA, and learned Chinese as a second language, people can’t call her “trailer trash” or “Governor Gidget” or “beauty queen,” while mocking her for her monstrous, absurd ambition. No–she gets called “Tracy Flick” and her hands slapped for being so monstrously, inappropriately ambitious instead.
Meanwhile, Senator B gets a free pass–for passing out brownies! Please, just close your eyes and swap sexes on Senator G and Senator B. Re-read the stories imagining that the subject is of the opposite sex, whereupon your brain will explode and the contents will fly out of your ears.
I’m officially and permanently angry about this. Where can I sign up to primary my Governor and new Senator?